Bocce courts open at Cedar Lane Park

West Columbia

May 13, 2007

New bocce courts have been opened at Cedar Lane Park. They were built to be used by Special Olympics Howard County for training and competition, but will also be open to the public.

Life Scout Andy Byun, 15, of Mount Airy built the courts for his Eagle Scout project, with support from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. He is a student at Glenelg High School.

Bocce, which is similar to lawn bowling, originated in Italy.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at the park.

Citizens group to discuss legislation

The Howard County Citizens Association will discuss recent legislation with Howard County state legislators at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in the Hickory Ridge village.

The association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

Information: Ray Cole, 443-283-3967, or www.howard citizen.org.

Around town

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a "Fabulous at 40" birthday party. sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. The event, scheduled for June 16-17, will include entertainment, food and games. a tour of historic homes and a dedication. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring Another Way to See It, a laughter club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes laughter exercises. The club meets from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. 410-313- 7279.

Stress reduction -- The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, is presenting "The New You," a three-part program with Marilyn Thorpe, life coach with NexPhase Transitions. A program on reducing stress is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, and a session on how to avoid procrastination for June 19. A session on managing time was held April 11. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. The Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring the program. 410-730-3987.

Yoga class -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue to offer classes at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. The last class in the current senior yoga series will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. The classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, but it is recommended that those beginning an exercise program consult a physician before starting. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.`Double Indemnity' -- Slayton House Theatre in Wilde Lake Village Center will show the final film in its "Marvelous Movies and More" film series, Double Indemnity, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The 1944 film is directed by Billy Wilder and stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the showing. Coffee and dessert will be provided, and raffle prizes will be offered. The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students. A senior-events shuttle is available for anyone in need of transportation. 410-730-3987.

College fair -- The Columbia Council's Teen Advisory Committee and Studyworks, a test-preparation firm, will co-sponsor a College Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row. Admission is free. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

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